BlueParrott B450-XT 96% Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headset, 24 Hours Talk Time, Black
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- Blocks out background noise with 96 percent noise cancellation
- Last a full day with up to 24 hours talk time and enhanced comfort for all-day wearing
- Focus on the job with hands-free VoiceControl
- Customisable features with the Parrott Button
- Streams music, GPS directions and more and Roam up to 300 ft from paired Bluetooth devices
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Everything about the BlueParrott B450-XT says MORE. It's got the most effective (96%) noise-cancelling microphone. A considerably longer (up to 300-foot) wireless range*. A bigger, cushier ear cushion, and a more-comfortable, more-durable padded headband. The B450-XT also has more advanced Parrott ButtonTM features, like VoiceControlTM, for hands-free control of headset functions, and voice memo recorder. World-class sound & Advanced noise-cancelling microphone eliminates 96% of ambient noise.; HD Voice makes speech easier to hear and understand. Long wireless range & Roam up to 300 feet* from paired devices. Class 1 Bluetooth delivers extended range.; 24+ hours of talk time/500 hours (20 days) of standby time per charge Stay Connected & Tap to easily pair your phone or other Bluetooth devices via NFC.** Stream music or GPS instructions. A2DP support for streaming audio from Bluetooth devices. **One-touch pairing requires an NFC-capable cell phone or device. Enjoy extended comfort and convenience Large ear cushion and padded headband are comfortable and durable. Customisable Parrott Button for mute, speed dial and more.
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|Talk Time||16 hours||20 hours||24 hours||24 hours||24 hours|
|Standby Time||150 hours||490 hours||500 hours||500 hours||500 hours|
|Bluetooth Range||Up to 66 feet||Up to 66 feet||Up to 66 feet||Up to 300 feet||Up to 300 feet|
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Background noise cancellation is really really good. I can stand on my verandah overhanging a street, and my callers can verify they can't hear trucks going past on the street.
Volume can be raised quite high if required. The microphone and earspeaker are good quality. On my iPhone XS Max I can be listening to the radio over internet, and when a call comes in I just say "answer" and it answers the call (whether normal mobile, whatsapp, signal etc). Interestingly, when listening to radio or music, the headset switches to A2DP (higher quality, indicated by a double flash of the blue light) and when on the phone it switches to Bluetooth Class 1 which gives the 300 ft/95 m range.
I have the Parrott button set to mute/unmute. While muted, there is a beep every 10 seconds or so, which for some uses is convenient, but on a long conference call where it is polite to mute while not speaking, it is quite irritating, so I have to mute my mic in the relevant conference app. Having said that, the need to mute is less, due to the noise cancelling.
Happy user, and would buy it again, despite it being fairly expensive and single-ear only.
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Brilliant battery life, with 3-4 hours talk time a day, I’m recharging the end of every 3rd day.
Call volume - I can adjust the headset volume to 80% and I can hear every word, even in noisy environments - 100% actually hurts my ear.
Noise suppression - absolutely amazing, Jabra quote 96% noise suppression and I now believe it. Nothing else I’ve tried comes close to this. I even tried it in the car at 70mph with the window down, the other person couldn’t hear the wind noise. In every test I’ve done, I can be heard clearly and with no background noise to speak of. Quite simply the best I’ve tried.
Comes with both a leather type ear pad and a foam one - the foam one is more comfortable for longer calls. Spare are easily available.
Good build quality - doesn’t look or feel cheap.
The headset is big and relatively heavy. This is not something that’s discreet and can be used walking down the street, not unless you don’t mind people taking a second look.
Blue light flashes every few seconds on the control panel, when the unit is on.
I did try and all the voice feedback are muffled so not always clear what is being said. Voice commands do not always register and the recipient of a test call said I sounded distant and far away.
I suspect I was given a faulty unit that had been used and returned.
great noise cancellation, had absolutely no complaints about people on the other end of the line not hearing me.
i work in a noisy environment and drive an eighteen tonne lorry which as you can imagine is not the quietest so have been very impressed, no one seems to hear the noise around me , only my voice. also the battery life is excellent and charges very quickly .
Worth the buy! Still testing the battery it hasn't died on me yet it's been 3 days of charge and it's not even blinking or saying charge yet.. so definitely happy with it even the range over the 350..
My wife cannot tell if I am driving, the charge lasts me 2+ weeks
Great product would recommend .
People tell me that they can hear me crystal clear. No matter what noise is going on. That also gets an A+. Battery life is great, all day no problem, A+
The distance is good too, 70ft plus and stays connected. ( that’s with a clear line of sight) A+.
But....the speaker sucks! Ya it’s got a lot of volume control, but as you increase the volume so you can hear them in a noise environment, it distorts, to the point of useless.
I’ll use it for now, but the search continues for the ultimate Bluetooth earpiece/ headset.
So that’s a 4 outta 5 in my opinion.
Wichtig war mir also die Geräuschunterdrückung und eine möglichst lange Standzeit.
Merin Fazit: Ja, es ist richtig, dass es schwerer und vielleicht auch ein wenig unbequemer ist, als manch andere Headsets. Mit dieser Befürchtung habe ich es jetzt mittlerweile etliche Tage und unzählige Telefonate lang getestet. Selbst im Wohnmobil auf der Autobahn bei höheren Geschwindigkeiten und eingestelltem Radio hat niemand erkannt, dass ich im Auto sitze. Die Geräuschunterdrückung ist großartig und die Verständigung eine glatte 1. Nach 2 oder mehr Stunden am Ohr hat es dann wirklich ein wenig gedrückt. Ich habe es gelöst, indem ich es ganz einfach umgedreht und die Ohrmuschel auf die andere Seite gemacht habe. Das ist mit einem einfachen Umdrehen des Speakers möglich. Nach weiteren Stunden Dauertelefonierens habe ich es dann eben einfach wieder zurück gestellt.
Mittlerweile habe ich mich so daran gewöhnt, dass es dauerhaft auf einem Ohr bleiben kann. Oft vergesse ich sogar das Abnehmen und steige mit Headset aus.
Es war ein absoluter Top-Kauf und ich würde es immer wieder nehmen. Ich habe etliche Systeme probiert, die alle wegen miserabler Sprachqualität nicht weiter in Frage kamen.
Hier eine absolute Kaufempfehlung für diejenigen, die in lauter Umgebung telefonieren müssen und nicht wollen, dass man das Auto (und wenn es noch so laut ist) hören kann und dabei eine wirklich excellente Sprachqualität haben möchten. Ich bin total begeistert.
Ach ja ....
und zu der Standzeit, die mir auch wichtig war: Ich kann tagelang unterwegs sein und habe jedes Mal immer erst nach meiner Rückkehr das Ladekabel angeschlossen. Die Akkuleistung hält tatsächlich einige Tage ohne Probleme. ich habe die Stunden nicht gezählt, kann aber versichern, dass es etliche Tage mit unzähligen Gesprächen ohne zwischenzeitliches Laden funktioniert.
Unglaublich gut für einen akzeptablen Preis. Ich habe bisher noch nichts Besseres gefunden und erlebt.
I've been a fan of the Blue Parrot line of headsets for years. As a trucker, noise cancellation and battery life are two of the biggest concerns for me, and no one has been able to come close these headsets in the past. My prior one lasted 4-5 years before finally breaking, so I upgraded to the newest model, the B450-XT.
So let's start with performance. In a word, it's great. Blue Parrot headsets are famous for their noise cancellation, and have improved upon it with the B450-XT. To give you an idea of how well it works, I can roll my window down while driving down the interstate, and the person I'm talking to would still hear me clear as day. There may be a slight noise in the background in extra noisy environments like that, but for normal situations the person on the other end would think I'm in a quiet room. You can't truly appreciate it without hearing it first hand, but unfortunately I don't have a way to demonstrate it. If you have this headset, the Blue Parrot app gives you a test function to record and play back for your own demonstration. I will clarify that this only applies to the microphone. It is not a noise canceling headphone, and it only has one ear cup anyway.
Sound is top notch for a headset. Its speaker is large and loud, so you'll not have any problems listening to a call. With A2DP support, you can also stream audio. Music comes through crisp and clear, with a solid low end and a good overall balance of sound. If you want an even greater audio experience, there is a stereo version with two speakers (keep in mind this wouldn't be advisable if you plan to use it while driving, and likely illegal). Be careful turning up the volume to max, though. When you hit the highest volume setting, it plays a high pitched and very loud beep to let you know. It's actually way too loud in my opinion, to the point of being uncomfortable. Thankfully it's rare I need it that loud due to how effective the ear cup is at blocking ambient noise, and you can get around this by controlling the volume via your phone instead of the headset volume buttons.
Battery life is also stellar thanks to the large battery, which accounts for the bulk of the headset. I talk on it for a half hour to an hour each day, and I can go just over a week between charges. It should also be noted that their current models use Lipo batteries, and you may want to practice good lithium based charging habits for the best long term use. That means trying to not let it drain all the way and not fully charging it. The good news is it will transmit the battery level to your phone if your phone supports it. Also, one of the voice commands is "Check battery," which will tell you if the battery is low, medium, or high (and say your phone's battery level as well). Charging is via a USB port, so you can power it from the included USB charger or any standard USB charger.
The range has also improved over the last one I had. This is advertised as a Class 1 Bluetooth device, giving you a range of 300 feet. This is a little deceptive, as you have to pair to a Class 1 device as well to get that sort of range. Phones are not a Class 1 device and you won't likely see that kind of distance. In real world use of my last headset, I would sometimes have trouble using it if my phone was in my pocket opposite the ear piece, and I could only get about 20 feet away before breaking up. With the B450-XT, pocket use is a non-issue, and I can get 50+ feet away before things started to break up.
Comfort is where things start to get questionable. The padding around the ear cup and on the headband are soft and comfortable, but the size of the ear cup leaves a little to be desired. It's designed similar to an "around the ear" cup, but smaller. It actually sits on top of my ear, pressing in on the edges of it.
That in and of itself isn't too bad, but it really becomes an issue when wearing my sunglasses (which is often while driving). Because the cup is pressing in right on the edge of my ear, I can't fit the ear piece of my glasses in right. Most of the time, I have to rest that one on top of the cup padding. This makes things a little more uncomfortable and makes my glasses sit crooked. Not enough to be a deal breaker (after all, it'll be rare I'm using this outside of my vehicles despite looking a bit silly), but noticeable and it does affect extended wear comfort.
Other areas of comfort are good. The headband fits snug without being overly tight. The instructions say you can gently bend it open more if it's too tight, but I didn't feel comfortable enough to risk it due to the plastic. It does allow you to extend the headband if needed, though.
Microphone placement is a bit of a trade off. On older models, it was attached on the outside of the body and was easy to reach when moving it up or down. This time it's mounted between the headband and ear cup. It looks a little odd, but I think it's functionally better overall. With the old mounting style, it was easy to snag the boom on something and knock it out of adjustment. On this one, the headband protects the boom from accidental snags, but it does take getting use to when you want to move it up or down. The mount itself is also well designed with an easy to move notched hinge to move it up and down. If not for this new mount/hinge design, moving the boom would be a lot more cumbersome.
The Parrott button is a new feature for me. Out of the box, it's set up for voice commands. These include checking the battery, pairing/connecting, redial, and call back. If you download the Blue Parrot app, you can also set it up for things like walkie talkie mode, speed dial, open an app, and access a second paired device. Voice commands also work independent of the Parrot button, letting you answer or ignore incoming calls without touching a button or your phone. You can also connect it to a computer with the USB port to update the firmware.
As a total package, this headset is mostly a hit with only a few, but very annoying, misses. When people first see it, it looks almost like something you'd wear working the drive-through at McDonald's. Yes, this isn't going to be the most elegant Bluetooth headset out there. It's big, it's bad, and designed for function over form. These headsets are for people that only want the best call quality, to which the B450-XT excels at. The problem with comfort while wearing glasses is the only persistent issue, and the max volume beep can be worked around. If you think those are deal breakers, then I would still suggest looking at other Blue Parrot headsets. They all have unbeatable call quality, but other models may have a more comfortable design for your tastes.